The Halden Fengsel detention facility in Norway is no doubt the most humane prison facility in the world. The Halden Fengsel prison provides criminals, the pampering that normal freemen enjoy. The facility provides studio type cells with barless windows, mini-fridge, and flat-screen TV. The Halden Fengsel facility also provides a recreational area, a prison yard with plenty of trees, and fresh air. While Norwegian criminals enjoy freedom inside detention cells, there are prisoners across the world that experience the exact opposite.
In Thailand’s Bang Kwang Prison, inmates wore shackles welded to their legs. Prisoners always endure the gang riots and rape for lack of police staff to regulate the prison facility in Venezuela. And perhaps the most horrendous detentions are in Rwanda, where prisoners resorted to eating their inmates to survive. Check out 10 or the worst prisons to serve time.
10- RIKERS ISLAND NEW YORK, NY
Rikers Island New York prison has 10 jails that hold an average of 12,000 inmates daily, with the room to lock down 17,000. Rikers has a long list of assaults, rapes, and murders by the prison guards, as well as other inmates.
A “fight club” between inmate to inmate provides entertainment, provides entertainment for both the guards and the prisoners, this form of entertainment still continues today. The inmates have to deal with abuse not only from co-inmates but also from prison guards. Gang riots always happen through the cell blocks of Rikers, leaving no one safe.
9- LA SANTE PRISON, PARIS, FRANCE
Located in Paris, a few miles from the Seine River, you wouldn’t believe it, but the city of love holds one of history’s most notorious prisons. This maximum security facility was opened in 1867 which held prisoners of war and regular criminals during theWorld War II. Since its opening this facility had a long history of abuse and there are only three escapes have been recorded in the prisons history.
8- PETAK ISLAND PRISON, RUSSIA
Petak Island Prison is located on White Lake-one of the Europe’s 10 largest lakes. Petak Island Prison is a maximum-security detention facility for the country’s most notorious prisoners. Everyone is locked up in isolation, spending 20 or more hours a day in solitary confinement. Visitors are only allowed two days a year. This prison could either make you lose your mind or kill you before you could complete your sentence
7- BANG KWANG PRISON, THAILAND
Located only a few miles from Thailand’s capital, Bang Kwang Prison is one of the toughest prisons in Thailand. This prison holds a great number of foreign prisoners serving a minimum of 25 years. Inmates in this maximum security prison wear shackles during the first three months of their sentence, and those on death row, which makes up 10 percent of the inmates, wear iron shackles welded to their legs. The inmates eat only once a day with extremely poor sanitation and no running water. Prisoners get sick and die of malnutrition and diseases.
6- LA SABANETA PRISON, VENEZUELA
Although Venezuela has a high crime rate, where violence happens all the time, prisoners in the La Sabaneta facility have a greater chance of dying here than getting mauled on the streets of Caracas.
La Sabaneta Prison is overcrowded, underfunded, and understaffed, gangs literally run the prison. Riots, rape, and violent killings are regular in this facility. There were 591 prisoners killed in 2012 and 16 more in September 2013. You’d be surprised how these inmates get their hands on 22,000 rounds of ammo, pistols, rifles, and an underground tunnel for storing marijuana and cocaine.
5- DIYARBAKIR PRISON, TURKEY
Diyarbakir Prison is a maximum-security facility which opened in 1980. This center detains all sorts of criminals, even the most scandalous politicians and bureaucrats.
The facility is overcrowded and has a long history of killing, torture, and suicide that haunt the prisoners. Many inmates in this hell-like detention have set themselves on fire or committed suicide to escape brutality. There over 350 boys and girls aged 13 to 17 are serving sentences in Turkey’s prisons, including Diyarbakir.
4- GLDANI PRISON, GEORGIA
In September 2012, several recorded footage of torture, brutality and sexual abuse of inmates from the Gldani Prison facility in Georgia had circulated the media.
The footage showed some prison guards verbally and physically abusing the inmates and raping them with police batons and broom handles. After the footage was leaked, Georgian citizens carried out several protests and rallies for justice. This led to an investigation by the state and the resignation and arrest of the abusive prison guards and officials.
3- CONTONOU CIVIL PRISON, BENIN
Benin is a small country that lies next to Togo and Nigeria in West Africa. Contonou Civil detention facility is overcrowded and underfunded, it currently has more than 2,000 men, women, and children held in a facility that was originally built to hold only 400. The long waiting list in the judicial system had caused overcrowding in this prison. The inmates awaiting trial die from preventable diseases and accidental suffocation during sleep.
2- TADMOR PRISON, SYRIA
Tadmor Prison was originally built as military barracks by the French Mandate forces. This facility has incarcerated both political prisoners and criminals; all have been experiencing equal brutality.
Tadmor Prison was closed down in 2001 but was reopened sometime in 2011 to hold more prisoners than before. This prison is known for harsh conditions, extensive human rights abuse, torture, and summary executions.
1- GITARAMA CENTRAL PRISON, RWANDA
This probably is a perfect depiction of “hell on earth”, this facility holds more than ten times its capacity of 500. Prisoners here were incarcerated due to the genocide committed against Rwanda, which ravages the country. Gitarama Central Prison is overcrowded, that there’s no room left for them to sleep in. The facility is underfunded; inmates starved to die, and resorted to cannibalism to survive. These criminals do not need torture, they die of disease, gangrene, or starvation.